During the past three decades, two terms, “postmodernism” and “globalization” have entered not only academic discourse, but everyday discussions outside the groves of academia. This book contains essays assembled with a conviction that both postmodernism and globalization have the potential to be valuable tools for social analysts, this despite the uncertainties and ambiguities that persist.
The editors and the contributors make no claim to have found a solution that would overcome the uncertainties and ambiguities. Rather, it is assumed that at some level both the concepts will remain contested. All the essays are expressions of efforts to employ one or both of the concepts in terms of empirically grounded topics. They also add further precision or clarity to the concepts themselves in order to enhance their utility in making sense of the dynamics of social change.
Postmodernity as an Internal Critique of Modernity
For several decades, claims have been made about the advent of a new postmodern epoch. And from the very beginning counterclaims challenging this have issued forth. In the process, we have been forced to think again about what we mean by modern. Increasingly it appears that the salience of a number of ...